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The day’s top stories from BBC News. Delivered twice a day on weekdays, daily at weekends

The day’s top stories from BBC News. Delivered twice a day on weekdays, daily at weekends


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The day’s top stories from BBC News. Delivered twice a day on weekdays, daily at weekends






India's Supreme Court orders an inquiry into government spying

An independent investigation will be conducted into allegations that India's government hacked the phones of journalists and political rivals. Also, a Brazilian senate committee recommends that President Jair Bolsonaro face criminal charges for his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. And the Australian footballer Josh Cavallo comes out as gay, making him the only top-level male player in the world to be open about his homosexuality.


US revokes licence of top Chinese telecoms company

China Telecom must stop providing services in the US within 60 days. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission cited national security concerns. Also: Queen Elizabeth cancels her trip to Glasgow's UN climate conference, and we hear about the events in Afghanistan as President Ashraf Ghani fled the country before the Taliban took control.


Arrests over illicit trade on dark web

Police around the world have accused 150 people of trading illegal goods on the dark web - part of the internet that can only be accessed using special software. Also, the coup leader in Sudan says the army seized power to prevent a civil war. And the niece of the Japanese emperor, Princess Mako, has married a commoner and left the royal family.


Sudan: US suspends aid after coup

The $700m fund has been halted amid international condemnation of the military takeover. Also: Tesla surpasses $1 trillion valuation, and collector returns a Mayan artefact to Guatemala.


Sudan army stages coup

Military arrests civilian political leaders and declares a state of emergency. Also: China tries to control a new Covid outbreak ahead of the Winter Olympic Games, another record year for greenhouse gas emissions, and the WFP warns that more than half of Afghanistan’s population is going hungry.


Ethiopia airstrikes hit new Tigray targets

Previous bombardments in the Tigray region have focused on the regional capital, Mekelle. Also: Palestinians condemn Israeli settlement plans in West Bank, and the Friends actor, James Michael Tyler, dies aged 59.


Turkey moves to throw out US ambassador and nine others

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declares the ambassadors "persona non grata" for urging the release of the activist Osman Kavala. Also: hundreds of inmates escape in latest Nigeria jailbreak, and Australian scientists produce tadpoles better adapted to climate change.


UN suspends flights to Tigray amid Ethiopian air raids

It follows a government airstrike which forced a UN plane to abort its landing. Also: the actor Alec Baldwin says he's heartbroken by the fatal film set shooting of a cinematographer, and a US whistleblower is given a two-hundred million dollar reward.


Alec Baldwin fatally shoots woman on movie set

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed when film star fired prop gun. A man was also injured, and police say they're investigating but no charges have been filed. Also, our correspondent follows a group of migrants from Iraq to eastern Europe, and how ivory-poaching in Mozambique has led to more tuskless elephants being born.


The WHO complains about the seeming indifference of rich countries

The World Health Organisation that estimates millions of health workers are still unvaccinated and says that rich countries don't care. Also: Queen Elisabeth spends a night in hospital, and Donald Trump announces plans to launch a new social media network.


Leak reveals lobbying to change key climate report

Countries are asking the UN to play down the need to move rapidly away from fossil fuels. Also: WHO says jab inequity means COVID-19 pandemic will drag on, and when did the Vikings arrive in the New World?


Brazil parliament committee condemns Bolsonaro's handling of pandemic

It recommends he face a series of charges including crimes against humanity. Also, Kenya's president lifts a nationwide coronavirus curfew introduced 18 months ago, and new research into why the woolly mammoth died out suggests humans may be less to blame than previously thought.


Deadly attack in central Damascus

Fourteen military personnel killed in army bus bombings in the Syrian capital Damascus.. Also, pig kidney human transplant, Real Madrid striker on trial in sex tape case and Netflix sued after internet traffic surge from Squid Game.


Ethiopia: Federal and Tigrayan troops prepare for an existential fight

After months of relative peace, the Ethiopian government is reported to be sending busloads of poorly equipped soldiers to the front lines. Also, Chinese officials offer a $23,000 reward for a man who pulled off a daring prison escape. And in Spain, drones will be used to try to rescue three dogs from an erupting volcano.


Poland's PM accuses EU of 'blackmail' in row over rule of law

Mateusz Morawiecki accused the EU of 'blackmail' during a debate with European Commission Chief Ursula von der Leyen. The clash followed a ruling by a top Polish court, which rejected key sections of EU law. Also, crisis in Romania as it records one of the world's highest Covid mortality-rates, and we meet Eric Zemmour - the politician who may challenge Marine Le Pen for leadership of France's far-Right.


Biden administration asks US Supreme Court to block Texas anti-abortion law

The law was blocked and then reinstated by lower courts, Also, Westminster memorial service for the murdered British parliamentarian Sir David Amess, and Italy's Five Star Movement loses control of Rome and Turin in local elections.


Colin Powell: Former US Secretary of State dies of Covid complications

Tributes paid to former top military commander and politician who has died aged 84. He was the first African-American to become Secretary of State, but was controversial due to his support for the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Also, China denies testing rare hypersonic missile, and why hundreds of people posed nude for a photo-shoot by the Dead Sea.


Dozens missing in deadly Indian floods

Severe flooding in the Indian state of Kerala leaves more than 26 people dead and dozens missing. An American Christian organisation has confirmed that 17 missionaries and family members have been kidnapped in Haiti. Also, to what extent were modern European ideas of democracy influenced by Native Americans?


Sudan protesters demand military coup as crisis deepens

The protests in Khartoum come as tensions rise between civilian and military rulers. Also, the French president asks Algerian veterans for forgiveness, and dormice favoured by Italian mafia seized in drugs raid.


British anti-terror police investigate fatal stabbing of MP Sir David Amess

Police say a 25 year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the attack in Leigh-on-Sea. Also, dozens killed in an Afghan mosque suicide bombing, and US to lift travel ban on 8 November.